An overview of the ethical issues of human cloning in the modern world

It copncluded that "some religious thinkers argue that the use of somatic cell nuclear transfer cloning is intrinsicly immoral and can never be morrally justified.

Therapeutic cloning is cloning for purposes other than the live birth of an individual, and has seen support by some governments and many individuals. Those who provide them with physical genetic life also care for their ongoing physical as well as non-physical needs.

All people are special creations of God who should be loved and respected as such. Clones would be subject to unique sets of environmental influences, and there is no good reason to think that God would deny them souls. At least, that's what happened in a sheep.

It is a context in which children flourish--in which their full humanity, material and non-material, is respected and nourished. The donor of the genetic material. But the two positions presented here are too similar for a critical evaluation of this subject matter, and no bibliography is provided.

We must not, for instance, produce clones with low intelligence to serve society's needs for menial labor, or produce clones to provide transplantable organs in that the identical genetic code would minimize the threat of organ rejection.

And even though there is a general consensus about the need to ban reproductive cloning in the world community, the views concerning therapeutic cloning are varied and have complicated the legal matters internationally and in individual nations.

The scientist who manipulates unwanted cells from anonymous donors and facilitates the production of a new life. To produce people to serve others' needs without their consent--even for well-intended reasons-- is no frivolous matter.

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Wilson believes that a child obtained by in vitro fertilization or adoption has as good a chance of being lovingly nurtured by its parents as it would have if sexually conceived by them. Reproductive cloning is cloning where the live birth of another individual is intended, and has been consistently opposed by all government and most individuals.

Insome meat and dairy producers did propose a system to track all cloned animals as they move through the food chain, suggesting that a national database system integrated into the National Animal Identification System could eventually allow food labeling.

In the extremely readable and interesting introduction, the history and actual ethical dilemmas involving human cloning are offered without the side issues and unscientific debate that seems to be a part of other books of this kind. Many people realised the moral issue concerning the children that are cloned and the psychological affects it may have on them, leaving them without a sense of individuality.

Both essays and the follow-up chapters on the family structure are designed for the nonscientific reader. But I want also to advance a more general claim: Islam[ edit ] The prominent Qatari scholar Yusuf Al Qaradawi believes that cloning specific parts of the human body for medical purposes is not prohibited in Islambut cloning the whole human body would not be permitted under any circumstances.

Kass opposes human cloning primarily because it eliminates sexual intercourse, which, he maintains, is necessary to place a child in a loving relationship to its parents; cloning is simply manufacturing.

But the experiments of Nazi Germany and the resulting Nuremberg Trials and Code taught us long ago that there is some knowledge that we must not pursue if it requires the use of immoral means to get it. Inthe California legislature declared a "five year moratorium on cloning of an entire human being" and requested that "a panel of representatives from the fields of medicine, religion, biotechnology, genetics, law, bioethics and the general public" be established to evaluate the "medical, ethical and social implications" of human cloning (SB ).

In order to grapple with the ethical implications of cloning and genetic engineering, we need to confront questions largely lost from view in the [End Page ] modern world—questions about the moral status of nature and about the proper stance of human beings toward the given world.

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Since questions such as these verge on theology, or at. Until recently, discussions about human cloning were conducted within the realm of science fiction and fantasy. However, with the successful cloning of the sheep "Dolly" init became evident that sooner or later, scientists might be able to clone human beings, too.

In four essays on the biosocial consequences of genetic research, Kass, a noted scientist and teacher, and Wilson, a political scientist and author (Moral Judgment, LJ 4/1/97) offer explicitly conservative viewpoints that criticize human cloning, but for different ethical reasons. The Medical and Ethical Perspectives of Human Cloning In our modern day world, the technology of genetic engineering and human cloning for the use of asexual reproduction has reached a point to where we must ask ourselves if it is a good practice for medical purposes, or if it presents issues of ethical and moral concern.

The Ethical Implications of Human Cloning Department of Government,Harvard University, Cambridge Street,Cambridge,MA, modern world—questions about the moral status of nature and about the proper the heart of the ethical moral problem with reproductive cloning lies.

An overview of the ethical issues of human cloning in the modern world
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